William Shakespeare Jake Boadilla p.1

Boadilla, Jake

Mrs. Grover

P.1 12/9/16

Shakespeare project

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

William’s life was full with challenges and opportunities. As he is one of the world’s most famous playwright, it did not just come out of nowhere, Shakespeare’s life has a lot of missing details that can not be found but there is some evidence of his early, mid, and late life. From these 5 articles, it has evidence of Shakespeare’s life, and his career. "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University. Students spent about nine hours a day in school." ( Lander ) At the age of 7 he is already at one of the finest schools, because of the graduates of Oxford University. He spends 9 hours of school, rather than 6 hours in modern world. Since the average lifespan was 1-40 years old, he is at a level of high school or middle school at age 7."He was successful enough to provoke the scorn and jealousy of competitors who considered themselves socially and culturally superior." (Lander ) In his early career, him rising up to success also brought up his competition and people's jealousy. His jealousy competition was rising up because of Shakespeare's success, while he was being successful other competitors thought they were way better. "After arriving in London, Shakespeare began an association with one of the city’s repertory theater companies... As a sharer, Shakespeare was a stockholder in the company and entitled to a share in the company’s profits.The Lord Chamberlain’s Men were one of the most popular companies in London. In large part because of Shakespeare’s talents, they would go on to become the dominant company in England" ( Lander ) Shakespeare was associated with one of the most dominant company in England, because of his talented work and The Lord Chamberlain's Men. Shakespeare was with one of the most popular companies at his time. "Without the income provided by acting and play writing, Shakespeare turned to poetry. In 1593, Venus and Adonis became the first of Shakespeare’s works to be published.Shakespeare made no effort to make a career of poetry. When the theaters reopened, he returned to acting and playwriting." ( Lander )When Shakespeare was acting and making plays, it had no income, it had nothing to offer to Shakespeare. When acting and making plays were not beneficial to Shakespeare, he turned to poetry. While he wrote poetry he suddenly stop, because of the reopening of the theaters. "Shakespeare’s name did not appear on his earliest published plays, but the 1598 edition of Love’s Labour’s Lost includes his name on the title page. From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world. In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company. During much of this period, Shakespeare ranked as London’s most popular playwright, based on the number of times his plays were performed and published. But his reputation was largely that of a popular playwright, not of a writer of unequaled genius." ( Lander ) In his early days of writing plays, Shakespeare had no rising fame because of his name not being in the title page. But after his name was in the title page, he started to be involved in the London theater. Now since he is being recognized he was not considered a unequaled genius just a popular playwright. “Shakespeare’s name did not appear on his earliest published plays, but the 1598 edition of Love’s Labour’s Lost includes his name on the title page.” ( Lander ) In his first publish plays, Shakespeare's name was not on the title. As later in the days, one of his plays called "Love's Labour's Lost" had his name on the title page. He was not credited until that play. “Around 1610, it is thought that Shakespeare spent a good deal more time in Stratford than in London. In 1611, he and others are preoccupied defending their Stratford tithes and other properties in the Court of Chancery against other claimants” ( Baker ) In that time of year after his rise of popularity and success, he spend most of his time in his hometown Stratford to do his plays, and the next year he defends his property in Stratford. “Shakespeare was criticized for mixing comedy and tragedy and failing to observe the unities of time and place prescribed by the rules of classical drama. Dryden and Johnson were among the critics claiming that he had corrupted the language with false wit, puns, and ambiguity. While some of his early plays might justly be charged with a frivolous use of such devices, 20th-century criticism has tended to praise their use in later plays as adding depth and resonance of meaning.” ( William ) Back in William’s day, his was getting judged from mixing two things that could not work in his day. By mixing Comedy and Drama, in his day it felt like it did not mix well, that it was horrible. Later in the 20th century it is recognised William, for mixing two things that seemed that could not work, but he will be thought of a creative genius. “For Shakespeare’s company, working on an open stage without scenery, such flow was natural; only use of scenery and withdrawal of acting wholly behind a proscenium arch created the style of theatre with overt scene-breaks. Modern performance includes both styles, but Shakespearean performance has recently tended toward more (if not entirely) continuous performance, rediscovering fluency in the plays—with good reason.” (Lennard)

The style of Shakespeare in his scenery is open stage in some cases Shakespeare uses an arch. In modern day people use both.“Shakespeare makes extensive use of both literary and historical sources for his dramas. Almost nothing in the Shakespeare canon is wholly original. Some of the earliest works are highly derivative for example, is taken from a Roman comedy. As he matured in his art, Shakespeare was able to transform materials from diverse sources, such as Plutarch’s Bioi parallelo” ( Mazzeno ) In Shakespeare’s literature, almost everything from William Shakespeare is made up. It is based or inspired by historical, or legends, that William put his own twist on the things that he was inspired from. “The RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays.” ( Royal ) William Shakespeare’s play is still being performed in the present day. William made successful plays that is still being enjoyed today, and that is still being watched. The RSC there is a site for watching Shakespeare’s plays, and a site where people can learn about Shakespeare.

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.

William Shakespeare." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.



Lennard, John. William Shakespeare : King Lear. Penrith, [U.K.]: Humanities-Ebooks, 2010. eBook High School Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

Mazzeno, Laurence W. "William Shakespeare." Magill’S Survey Of World Literature, Revised Edition (2009): 1-10. Literary Reference Center. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

"Royal Shakespeare Company." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.


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